Advocating for Social Change
Fall—EN 101, College Composition
Spring—MC 220, Spiritual Formation
How can I practically be a responsible, Christian citizen engaged in doing justice, loving mercy, and walking humbly with God?
In this First-Year Learning Community, students will…
- Learn the skills to socially analyze any justice issue wherever you may live, gain resources for theological reflection, and be empowered to discover and use your voice for social justice.
- Specifically look at local social justice issues of prison reform, human trafficking, and immigration and current legislation and gain tools for tangible social change.
- Visit politicians, policy-makers, prison, the State Capitol, and local social advocates.
- Have conversations with immigrants and refugees, those on the ground level working with human trafficking and survivors, and listening to stories of those in the prison system.
- Explore your story and use your unique voice to advocate with those behind bars and borders.
- Learn how to educate and advocate about social issues.
- Gaining a biblical foundation for the meta-narrative of justice.
- Encounter groups of people in Portland whose lives have experienced marginalization because of reasons such as class, age, disability, abuse, education, health, gender, and race.
Meet your 2014-15 Peer Mentors
Alejandra Garcia, majoring in Pre-Med, Biology with a Human Emphasis: “I’m looking forward to becoming friends with my mentees and making a difference in our community.”
Benjamin Irwin, majoring in History/Social Studies, Human Development: “I’m excited to do this because I love meeting people at the most exciting, messy, difficult, beautiful crossroads of their whole lives.”
“I am loving the opportunity to learn about and talk to unique people.” 2014-15 Peer Mentor